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  • Over 180 members of the PRIDE Seeds dealer network took part in the announcement of the donation made by PRIDE Seeds to the W.R. Reek Student Service  and Alumni Centre project at the Ridgetown Campus, of the Ontario Agriculture College.

    PRIDE Seeds was proud to sponsor the Reek Building initiative as it supports two overall goals within the organization: supporting efforts aimed at creating a larger and skilled work force in agriculture, and supporting our local community.

    Over the next few years there will be an unprecedented number of opportunities in agriculture and The University of Guelph and the Ridgetown Campus play an important role in ensuring we have the skills we need in agriculture to help feed the world. 

    The PRIDE Seeds operation is based in the Chatham-Kent area. Many of PRIDE Seeds' employees either attended the Ridgetown campus to obtain their diploma or have taken courses or attended training seminars there.  
    "The value this campus brings to the community both locally and for agriculture community in general is significant," said a spokesman for PRIDE Seeds. "As a result it is imperative that the business community that benefits from this campus supports initiatives aimed at making it a stronger institution." 

    Campus Project contact Ken McEwan, and Manager, Communications, Liz Meidlinger accepted the donation on behalf of the project committee. 

    "As we prepare to welcome another large cohort of Agriculture Diploma students to campus in early September, this leadership gift will have a significant impact on providing an improved student experience for all Ridgetown students and this gift will also help to ensure our future commitment to excellence in agriculture education", said McEwan, Interim Campus Director, Ontario Agricultural College, Ridgetown Campus.

    For more information on the W.R. Reek Project, please contact: Liz Meidlinger, Manager, Communications and Advancement, Ridgetown Campus at 519-674-1500 ext.63587